Davidstown do as they please
An impressive haul of 3-4 from corner-forward David Dunne propelled Davidstown-Courtnacuddy to a comfortable victory over local rivals Cloughbawn in a one-sided Enniscorthy Electrical Wholesale Junior 'A' hurling championship quarter-final in Taghmon on Sunday, writes Dave Devereux.
Davidstown-Courtnacuddy 4-18 Cloughbawn 1-11
Davidstown-Courtnacuddy were always in control and were 0-12 to 0-4 ahead after 26 minutes with Andrew Shore firing over four fine long-range points. Full-forward Johnny Delaney matched that tally while David Dunne and James Doyle added two points apiece.
Cloughbawn reduced the deficit with a Martin Connick free and their first point from play through Mick Kavanagh, but David Dunne put further daylight between the sides with a 29th-minute goal.
Colm O'Shea played an inch-perfect ball into the number 13 and he finished with aplomb to give his side a 1-12 to 0-6 half-time advantage.
Davidstown-Courtnacuddy continued their dominance after the interval and David Dunne grabbed his second goal just four minutes in.
Dunne turned provider two minutes later when he teed up substitute Bill Harrington, who calmly found the net only minutes after entering the fray, to put Davidstown-Courtnacuddy 3-12 to 0-7 ahead.
Cloughbawn enjoyed a rare period of control, tagging on the next four points, but normal service was resumed when David Dunne completed his hat-trick of goals in the 44th minute.
Davidstown-Courtnacuddy: Ger O'Leary; Ger Martin, Mark Byrne, Daryl Freeman; Stephen Kennedy, Andrew Shore (0-4, 3 frees), Michael Murphy; Greg Jacob, Paul Sheridan; Colm O'Shea, Colin Power (0-2), James Doyle (0-2); David Dunne (3-4), Johnny Delaney (0-6, 3 frees), Stephen Sheridan. Subs. - Paddy Kennedy for Sheridan, Bill Harrington (1-0) for O'Shea, Alan Hickey for Doyle, Daniel Delaney for Jacob, Eoin Keane for Delaney.
Cloughbawn: Michael Muldoon; Thomas Keating, Tony Keating, Leslie Monahan; Eanna Harrington (0-1), Colin Doyle, Gareth Murphy; Luke Cummins, Cathal Spratt; Robert Kinsella, Eamonn Buckley (0-1), Martin Connick (1-7 frees); Michael Kehoe, Mick Kavanagh (0-1), Michael Redmond (0-1). Subs. - John Paul Furlong for Kehoe, Paul Lambert for Monaghan, Shane Greene for Murphy, Shane Flood for Thomas Keating.
Referee: Mick Lanigan (Shelmaliers).